Fostering the next generation of innovators in sports and technology thinking is core to both co-hosts making a perfect fit for this nonprofit’s work training young women of color in programming and technology
Monumental Sports & Entertainment (MSE) and SportTechie are proud to announce Black Girls CODE as its dedicated nonprofit partner for the Sports Capital Symposium – a two-day, online thought-leader event on Sept. 17-18, 2020 for professionals in the global sports industry. While the event is gratis to register and participate, attendees are encouraged to donate to the nonprofit during their registration process and throughout the two-day event. As sessions are presented, attendees can donate to help young women of color build skills to pursue careers in the technology and innovation field. To make a direct donation, please click here.
“The intersection of sports and technology – and the myriad of careers that it has ignited – will only continue to increase in the decades to come,” Zach Leonsis, Senior Vice President of Strategic Initiatives at Monumental Sports & Entertainment, said. “Having refined skills in the STEM fields helps candidates gain confidence, think innovatively and build meaningful careers in computer science and beyond. Unfortunately, not enough young women of color have the opportunity to gravitate to those options. So on behalf of SportTechie’s CEO Taylor Bloom and myself, I want to reiterate how proud we are to help draw attention to the great work of Kimberly Bryant and Black Girls CODE, who are working to change that trend and continue their extraordinary work which is greatly needed in the sports industry and across the country.”
Black Girls CODE is devoted to showing the world that black girls can code and do so much more. By reaching out to the community through workshops and after school programs, Black Girls CODE introduces computer coding lessons to young girls from underrepresented communities in programming languages such as Scratch or Ruby on Rails. Black Girls CODE has set out to prove to the world that girls of every color have the skills to become the programmers of tomorrow. By promoting classes and programs we hope to grow the number of women of color working in technology and give underprivileged girls a chance to become the masters of their technological worlds. Black Girls CODE’s ultimate goal is to provide Black youth with the skills to occupy some of the 1.4 million computing jobs across the US and train 1 million girls by 2040.
“Evoking change starts with making long-term investments in the empowerment of marginalized communities,” said Kimberly Bryant, Founder and CEO, Black Girls CODE. “We’re grateful for the support of Sports Capital Symposium as we work to educate and inspire the next generation of tech innovators. It will be instrumental in eliminating barriers to STEM education faced by women and girls of color.”
Together, MSE and SportTechie are organizing executives and thought leaders to discuss the most important trends in the sports industry, including sports betting, esports, OTT & streaming, sports content gamification, sports technology investing, public policy and sports innovation. In sum, Sports Capital Symposium will provide a platform for leagues, teams, partners, vendors, innovators and investors to come together and share big ideas while building meaningful relationships.
Keynote speakers during the two-day event will include National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman and Washington DC Mayor Muriel Bowser. And Black Girls CODE will also be included in the speaker line-up.
To register for the conference, find information about speaking and sponsorship opportunities, or to stay up-to-date on speaker announcements, please visit: www.sportscapitalsymposium.com
About Black Girls Code
Launched in 2011, Black Girls CODE (BGC) is devoted to showing the world that black girls can code, and do so much more. By reaching out to the community through workshops, hackathons and after-school programs, Black Girls CODE introduces computer programming and technology to girls from underrepresented communities in technology areas such as web design, robotics, gaming, mobile app development and more. By cultivating the next generation of developers, BGC hopes to grow the number of women of color in technology and give underrepresented girls a chance to become the future leaders in technology and the masters of their technological worlds. Black Girls CODE aspires to teach 1 million girls of color to code by 2040.
About Monumental Sports & Entertainment
Monumental Sports & Entertainment is America’s leading sports and entertainment family. Our people, players, teams, and events bring excitement and joy to millions. We invest and innovate to consistently raise the game so we can deliver extraordinary experiences that will inspire and unite our community, our fans, and our people. To learn more, please visit www.monumentalsports.com.
At SportTechie, we make sports smarter. Through immersive storytelling and industry-leading events, we connect you to the innovators and power brokers who are shaping the future of sports technology. Who is SportTechie for? Whether you’re an athlete, fan, team executive, player rep, league insider or technologist, you’ll find significant value in being a part of the community. Our coverage focuses on three main stakeholders within sports—athletes, fans, and teams and leagues—and analyzes how technology affects these deeply interconnected parts of the industry. Learn more at www.sporttechie.com.